Sallie Alderman Site earns Clarendon’s second industrial certification

by | May 26, 2016 4:35 am

Last Updated: May 24, 2016 at 12:37 pm

Clarendon County now has not one, but two certified industrial sites, according to the county’s lead economic development official.
Clarendon County Economic Development Board Executive Director George Kosinski said the “exhaustive process” for the certification of the Sallie Alderman Site in Alcolu is now complete.
“This site was put through the same process at the Clarendon County Industrial Park, which was certified earlier this year,” Kosinski said in an emailed statement.
Located at U.S. 521 and Interstate 95 in Alcolu, the Sallie Alderman Site consists of 132 total acres and has been classified as a “general industrial park with rail access,” Kosinski said.
Greenville company McCallum and Sweeney and the state Department of Commerce awarded both parks with the certification. They are two of only a quarter of South Carolina parks to have such a distinction.
“What it means is that all of your Phase 1 work has been completed,” said Kosinski. “For an industry, that means that you don’t have to worry about any environmental soil conditions that you’re otherwise unaware of. Companies are looking to build fast, and you won’t have the risk associated with the environment. We’ve taken care of that by being certified.”
He said “significant improvements to the infrastructure” have been made at the site, including water and wastewater access.
“We will also be extended Spigner Road out to U.S. 521 in the very near future for ease of truck access,” he said.
The total certification process takes between 12 and 18 months, Kosinski noted, but it’s well worth the effort.
“This saves companies time and money, as the corporate risk has been mitigated,” he said. “As time goes on, there will be a higher demand for certified sites.”
Kosinski said this means that if a company is looking in Clarendon and in another nearby county in which the site is not certified, Clarendon stands a better chance in closing the deal.
“I’m right up the road and I have a certified site, so they have less risk by locating in Clarendon County than by locating in the neighboring county without the certified cite,” Kosinski said.
He said the county’s possession of two certified industrial sites will make the area even more irresistible to outside industries.
“That puts two recently certified sites in our portfolio, further enhancing our marketability,” he said. “The message is that we’re ready. We have everything you need to get your business of the ground and started in a more speedy time frame than anyone else.”
McCallum and Sweeney, Kosinski said, perform such site certifications “all over the southeastern United States.”
“They work all over Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama,” he said. “And some of the sites they have certified have landed pretty big users.”
The company has said the county’s sites’ strengths lie in having one owner, the Clarendon County Business Development Corporation, of which Kosinski is also the director.
“Since the BDC owns the property, you have the one owner,” he said. “You don’t have to deal with multiple landowners or tracking down who owns what parcel of land.”

comments » 6

  1. Comment by Dwayne

    May 26, 2016 at 06:27

    Just what we need, another industrial site with NO industry, and how much did this cost Clarendon. Lets fill the other one before we need more. Did sending George overseas bring back companies to fill this or is this a site for spec buildings?

  2. Comment by Clarendon Employee

    May 26, 2016 at 11:56

    As an employee hired and working in Clarendon County I, for one, can tell you Dwayne, companies come looking for counties that are in a position to offer buildings, employees, incentives, etc to minimize the challenges of locating plants to this area. What George Kozinski has done is positioned Clarendon County to accept the next business that comes looking. And we can always use more spec buildings. Afterall, the last 2 built have been picked up already. One hired 20 new employees and the other is in the process of starting up. Great job Clarendon County!

  3. Comment by Zack

    May 26, 2016 at 16:18

    Great job!!! There is an old saying that goes, “You have to spend money to make money. If the county had not spent any money then they would decrease the chances of recruiting new industry. I was money well spent.

  4. Comment by Dwayne

    May 27, 2016 at 06:32

    And Clarendon Employee, how much did it cost to create 20 jobs, I read what Central Carolina Alliance is doing and it appears Clarendon is low man on the pole. Jobs going elsewhere. What happened to the site between Sumter and Clarendon, where did the drug company go. I think Governor Haley does much better, compare her success to Clarendon.

  5. Comment by Lawrence

    May 27, 2016 at 07:43

    Dwayne- do you not have a thing to do but complain, seems that every time something about the county is published you have a negative commit. I have not seen any signs around the county with your name on it running for public office. It’s easy to sit back and bash others and what they do. I challenge you to try and make a change in the county seems that you have all the answers.

  6. Comment by Dwayne

    May 29, 2016 at 07:33

    No, not going to run for any office in the County. Getting out and going to where there are people that know how to run a County. The God Old Boy system sucks! Do you have any rebuttal to the claims I made? I asked what happen to the site in Turbeville, how much was spent, made the comment Central alliance, Clarendon Industrial Board, Gov. Haley we all doing the same thing and the Gov seems to gain more, asked where the drug compamy for Federal Mogal site went, I don’t call that negative.


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